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October 19th Meeting

SDFA meetings are free to the public.

Join Us for a Walking Tour of the Kate O. Sessions Cactus Garden

Followed by an Early Celebration of Kate’s Birthday!

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Speaker: Dean Karras
Date: Wednesday October 19, 2022
Time: 1:30 p.m.

Location: Meet at the Hall of Nations (2191 Pan American Boulevard) for a brief welcome and introduction by Nancy Carol Carter. We will then take a short stroll to tour the Kate O. Sessions Cactus Garden* before returning to the Hall of Nations for an early birthday celebration in honor of Kate Sessions.

Recently renamed to honor its founder, this historic garden was developed under the direction of Kate Sessions for the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition. It contains some of the largest cactus and succulent specimens in Balboa Park as well as some African and Australian Protea. Noted cacti and succulent expert Dean Karras will lead the tour and discuss the types of plants we will be seeing. The tour will be followed by an early celebration of Kate Sessions’ birthday.

Dean KarrasDean Karras is a long-time cactus and succulent afficionado and currently the Show Chair of the San Diego Cactus and Succulent Society. His passion for plants extends far beyond succulents to include organic gardening and permaculture practices, natives, edibles, and ethnobotanically significant plants. He realized his long-standing dream of owning his own nursery to serve the local community when he opened Gnosis Nursery in Ramona in 2020, which he now runs full time ( When not busy propagating and selling plants, Dean can be found exploring and photographing the desert southwest and Baja California.

* The Hall of Nations is among the international cottages opposite the Organ Pavilion parking lot. The cactus garden is behind the Balboa Park Club. Three different parking areas are nearby.



San Diego Floral Association

Mission: To promote the knowledge and appreciation of horticulture and floriculture in the San Diego region.